Yamaha India commences operations at its third manufacturing plant in India
Yamaha is on the path of expansion in the country with products ranging from the motorcycle to the scooter segments. The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is expanding its field of operations and has just commenced production at its new third plant in Vallam Vadagal which is located on the outskirts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The new plant will produce the company’s range of motorcycles and scooters in addition to the two existing facilities in Faridabad, Haryana and Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The new plant will produce products including the likes of the Fascino, Ray, Ray Z and Alpha scooters along with the Saluto 125cc motorcycle. The initial production capacity stands at 4.5 lakh units per annum which will further be increased to output 2.5 million units by the end of 2018. The new plant is spread across an area of 117 acres with 68 acres provided to the vendor partners and the remaining 109 dedicated to Yamaha.
Initially, the factory will have 2000 employees which will be increased to 3900 by 2018. Yamaha is said to be investing Rs. 1500 crores in various phases in the coming three years. Yamaha has gone the green way for the new plant utilising sunlight, recycling waste water and discharging zero water for operating it.
Last year, Yamaha sold a total of 7.4 lakh units thanks to its new range of scooters. Scooter sales have been increasing in the range of 25 to 30 percent every year which is in line with the shifting popularity towards the same class two-wheelers.
We hope to see Yamaha bring in more capable products in the near future sufficing the needs of customers both in the premium and entry-level segments. The company’s next premium motorcycle is expected to be in form of the MT-03 which is nothing but a street fighter version of the recently introduced R3.